February 18, 2015 Edition

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Snow falls late Monday morning at the Iron Mountain Depot and Cavenaugh Park in Walnut Ridge. A layer of snow covered a wintry mix, primarily of sleet, that fell overnight Sunday and early Monday. Two to three inches of the frozen precipitation and frigid temperatures closed schools, Williams Baptist College and several businesses.
TD Photo ~ John Bland

Winter storm drops
sleet, snow in county

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

About two to three inches of winter precipitation fell on Lawrence County at the beginning of the week. The layer of ice and snow on the ground is expected to linger throughout the week as temperatures remain below freezing.

Sleet began to fall Sunday evening and continued through the night, changing to snow on Monday.

Roadways throughout the county were covered by sleet causing treacherous travel conditions. Residents were urged to travel only in emergency situations.

Several businesses and schools were already scheduled to close on Monday due to President's Day but additional closings and cancellations were made as a result of the winter precipitation. All Lawrence County schools remained closed Tuesday.

Prior to the cold front that came in on Saturday, temperatures were above average for this time of year with a high of 63 degrees. Due to the high temperatures, winds and dry conditions, multiple grass fires were called in throughout Lawrence County on Saturday before temperatures dropped to below freezing.

The National Weather Service is predicting a chance of more winter precipitation at the end of the week.

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